“Haleigh, everyone will be here on April 5. Can we do this? There will be 9 of us.” When I read this email, I was already on board because they are some of my favorite people in the world! “Word got out to my family, there will be at least 12 with the boys.” Bring. It. On. Twin boys were adopted almost 5 weeks ago. Most of the family was in town. What better way to celebrate this joyous occasion than with an extended family session??
That’s right, friends. Today, we have the Simmons twins and their amazing family! We gathered new grandparents, great aunts, aunts, uncles, and cousins to share in the love of our two favorite boys. Vaishali and Bharat graciously opened their home to the entire family and my team to capture this wonderful occasion.
First, let me say, I am a very timely person, especially when I live down the street. Puja definitely knows this! Bharat (the new grandfather) made a bet with his daughter that I wouldn’t be there at 5pm. He did not want to be dressed yet! Game on, sir! Puja made a great $50 last night. Not only did he lose his bet, but he had to comply with the family dress-code. Bharat came down the stairs dressed from the ankles up. He wanted to make sure we knew he was not happy to lose! As much as I loved the Nike slides, the family made him change. Bharat was such a trooper!
Because of Bharat’s personality, I knew the rest of the family was going to be just as fun. I know I took on my dad’s persona! The Patel siblings had a blast picking on each other in true sibling fashion. No matter how grown you are, it is a must in any family setting! Everyone wanted a turn to hold the boys and made sure to get to the front of the line. When it was Bharat’s turn, he tried to run away with the boys to keep them for himself. Who wouldn’t, though?? They are so adorable. He is also the baby whisperer, so I think it’s okay.
The amount of love I saw yesterday towards these boys was astounding. Adoption can be tough and tricky. When the Simmons took these boys in, they promised to love them to no end. Ari and Kai now have a giant support system behind them as well. And this is only a portion of them!! Check out their extended family session below and send Ari and Kai some love!